Third suspect surrenders in national lottery rigging scandal
A third man charged in a still-unfolding, multi-million dollar lottery rigging scandal investigation surrendered to authorities in Iowa on Thursday, his attorney said.
Robert Clark Rhodes II was arrested last spring in his home state of Texas by authorities there, after Iowa prosecutors charged him with two counts of fraud for helping a then-top lottery security official allegedly rig multiple jackpot drawings.
Rhodes challenged the arrest in court, claiming investigators did not have suff ...
Apr 28, 2016, 3:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Preliminary hearing rescheduled for Tommy Tipton in lottery rigging case
The latest case in a large-scale lottery rigging scheme is headed to the courtroom next week.
Tommy Tipton turned himself in earlier this month after being charged with ongoing criminal conduct.
Tommy's brother is former Multi-State Lottery Association employee Eddie Tipton, who is currently serving prison time for tampering with lottery equipment.
Police say Eddie rigged the Hot Lotto game electronically to win him a jackpot for $16 million in December of 2010.
Prosecutors recently ...
Apr 22, 2016, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Investigators find Tipton's software code to rig computerized lottery drawings
Last remaining defense shattered as investigators find and decipher jackpot rigging code
A lottery vendor for years manipulated drawings to enrich himself and associates by installing software code that allowed him to predict winning numbers on specific days of the year, Iowa investigators alleged Wednesday.
Authorities called the newly obtained forensic evidence a breakthrough in the investigation of alleged jackpot-fixing scheme by Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-Stat ...
Apr 7, 2016, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scammer's brother facing criminal charges
The brother of a former Iowa lottery security official convicted of fixing a 2010 Hot Lotto drawing in an attempt to win millions is now facing an Iowa criminal charge of his own, online records show.
Tommy Tipton, of Flatonia, Texas, was booked into the Polk County Jail at about 4:40 a.m. Wednesday on a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct.
He posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the jail before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Tipton, 43, resigned his elected position as a Texas justi ...
Apr 6, 2016, 12:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Arizona AG begins investigation of former Lottery director
The former Arizona Lottery director, who abruptly resigned last month following allegations of mismanagement of the agency, is under investigation by the Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office.
Tony Bouie, who Gov. Doug Ducey appointed to the post early on in his administration, has adamantly denied wrongdoing, saying last month, There is much more to this story than is being told. I have followed the rules that I was trained on, Lottery Post reported.
A spokesman for Brnovich confirmed t ...
Feb 9, 2016, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Irish lottery site and ticket machines hit by DDoS attack
Customers trying to buy tickets for the 12 million (US$13 million) Ireland Lotto draw found themselves unable to do so for nearly two hours.
The jackpot was the largest in 18 months.
Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), the Lottery's operator, has said the incident is under investigation.
During a DDoS attack, a website or online service's capacity to handle internet traffic is overloaded usually by automated programs set to flood the site with requests.
The attack began at 11:21 GMT on ...
Jan 21, 2016, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich to answer lottery player questions live Monday evening
Lottery Post will host event at 8pm EST
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players from across the United States and around the world will have the chance Monday evening to ask questions about the Eddie Tipton computerized drawing rigging scandal to Terry Rich, Iowa Lottery CEO, who was instrumental in discovering the crime.
In December 2010 a Hot Lotto jackpot worth $16 million was won on a ticket purchased in Iowa. One year later, with just two hours to spare before the ticket was to expire, a ...
Jan 11, 2016, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
Some on welfare bet big on Maine lottery in pursuit of life-changing win
Murky state rules mean those who do collect larger prizes may not even lose their public benefits
Maine residents on public assistance have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lottery tickets, according to an estimate based on the $22.4 million in large prizes they collected between 2010 and 2014, including eight jackpots worth at least $500,000 each.
Yet state rules are so murky that the winnings do not necessarily disqualify anyone from continuing to receive food stamps and other be ...
Dec 16, 2015, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Texas authorities had previously investigated brother of lottery cheat
By Todd Northrop
The outrageous Hot Lotto rigging scandal that started in Iowa is now spreading into other states including Texas. Officials are taking a second look at a $570,000 winning multi-state lottery ticket purchased a decade ago in Colorado by a Central Texas judge.
The investigation does not involve the Texas state lottery.
Tommy Tipton, the subject of the investigation, is a Fayette County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, based in Flatonia. According to records from the T ...
Oct 14, 2015, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Driven to death by phone scammers
The phone calls wouldn't stop.
The man on the other end of the line made promises of a big payoff: millions of dollars in prize money. But first the IRS needed $1,500 in taxes, he insisted, then the jackpot would arrive at the family home, a camera crew ready to capture the excitement.
The calls came a couple of times a day; other times, nearly 50.
Mr. Albert, we need the money to be sent today ...
Don't hang up the phone, Mr. Albert ...
Mr. Albert, don't tell your wife about this ...
Oct 7, 2015, 10:08 pm - Lottery News forum